Patios Everywhere program structured to increase dine-in capacity reduced by COVID-19 restrictions

“This program will support our efforts for local economic recovery. The additional patio space across the city will provide options to create public spaces and to safely adapt during the pandemic.” – Mayor Jeff Lehman


Mayor Jeff Lehman

Parking spaces connected to bar and restaurants around Barrie will be allowed to be converted to patios for the summer season, following council’s support of the Patios Everywhere program.
Restaurants will also be able to deploy ‘refreshment vehicles’ and any fees already paid out for a seasonal patio licence will be refunded.
“Due to impacts experienced by the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic restaurants have been limited to take out services only since the middle of March 2020,” reads the report recommending the program.
“As restrictions on restaurant operations ease in the coming months, the operational aspects of restaurants are anticipated to be impacted by safety measures required to address such matters as physical distancing in a restaurant setting. It is anticipated this will result in a reduced patron capacity for restaurants.
“As warmer weather and patio season approaches the use of patios is being explored as a way in which to distribute restaurant capacity while meeting physical distancing measures, thus allowing restaurants to reopen dine-in services once restrictions have been eased by the provincial government.”
Businesses can apply for the Patios Everywhere program for both patios and food trucks through the City’s APLI portal at barrie.ca/APLI. City staff are exploring a dedicated location for refreshment vehicles (food trucks), potentially using city parking lots, as part of the program.
Applications and design concepts will be reviewed to ensure universal accessibility, public safety and that the patio space will positively impact the existing streetscape environment. All applications are required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
All food/refreshment trucks would have to meet all required health and safety inspections required by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. 
Visit Patios Everywhere program at for more information and FAQs. Business owners can email patioseverywhere@barrie.ca if they have questions.
“This program will support our efforts for local economic recovery,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The additional patio space across the city will provide options to create public spaces and to safely adapt during the pandemic.”

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